Have Fun, and Run for a cause.

By Aiden Matthews

Have Fun, and Run for a cause.

Lory Park animal and Owl sanctuary is little safe haven for animals one would not expect to find in the hustle and bustle between two major cities in Gauteng. Situated in Midrand, it is what could be referred to as a boutique sanctuary and safe place, a place where animals can be appreciated up close, where human and animal interaction is welcomed, creating a personal and peaceful atmosphere.

The sanctuary first opened its gates in April 2000 and it took hard work, dedication and commitment before Lory Park became known and respected.
Due to the vast expansion of Midrand into an industrial and corporate area in South Africa, there came a very negative effect on the fauna and flora and of course the wildlife. It was then that many people started bringing injured and trapped animals to Lory Park, and often the case being where Eddy Van Eck who started and owns the sanctuary, would also have to go and collect potentially dangerous animals such as snakes, who previously lived unnoticed and were now deemed vermin due to human encroachment. Some of these animals were releasable in safe areas, but most had been severely injured due to cars, electric fences, human aggression, and electricity lines, and could never be released. They were the animals that needed a safe haven where they could live out their lives in peace with love and care, and this is where Lory Park soon started becoming a sanctuary to all, and not only a bird park. Through his passion and love, for animals and nature Eddy has created a beautiful haven where coordination of animal care, community recreation with the highest standards and a passion and focus on educating the community on conservation. Over the years he has built a good rapport with nature conservation, as well as various welfare organisations and was asked to home many confiscated and abused animals.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us”-Albert Schweitzer

Due to the uncertainty and strain financially and the imposed lockdown the country faced over the past 5 Months there has been a desperate need for food supply for the animals and cleaning products for the sanctuary itself, in order to maintain the upkeep and continue providing the necessary services for the animals they care for.

As Lory Park solely relies on Donations and Sponsorship, they have come together and asked community members and the public from all walks of life to join them in a Charity Fun Run that they will be hosting to assist them in their main cause in making a home and haven for the animals at the sanctuary, and to continue on doing what they do best.

Event Details:

• Date and Time: 30 August @ 10:00 AM.
• Meeting Point: CNR Edenvale and Van Riebeek Road- Meadowdale Mall.
• Final Destination: 181 Kruger Road, President Park, Midrand- Lory Park.

Wish list:

❖ Fresh produce: All fresh fruits and vegetables- Must be fit for human consumption; otherwise they can’t be used for the animals.
– Eggs
– Nuts
– Nut Butters

❖ Dry Produce
– Sunflower seeds, Mielie Mix, Mielie Meal, Samp, Rice, Kidney/Sugar Beans, Rider Cubes, Duiker Pellets, Ibis Pellets, Dog Pellets, Bunny Pellets, Boskos, Wild Bird Seed, and Myna Pellets.

❖ Meat Products.
– Whole Chicken Fresh/Frozen, Chicken Necks, Chicken Gizzards

❖ Cleaning and Hygiene Products
– Dish Wash liquid, Bleach, Handy Andy, Floor Cleaner or Pine Gel, Window Cleaner, Hand Soap, Hand Sanitizer, Cloths, Black Bags.

For further information contact [email protected] or Office telephone
(+27) 011 315 7307